Following the debate surrounding Spice's controversial performance at last Saturday's celebrations for the Rio athletes, several entertainers have come out in the artiste's defence stating that the organisers need to issue her an apology.
Industry personnel believe the entertainer was set up and want the organisers to take responsibility for the awkwardness of the performance instead of blaming the artiste for 'being herself'. Veteran selector Ricky Trooper said that he does not blame Spice for what went down at the National Indoor Sports Centre, as she delivered on all counts as a performer.
"Mi nuh blame Spice for nothing. A di organisers dem mi blame, because if you a keep a certain event, you must know who you a invite. They asked for Spice and they got Spice, so I don't know what the issue is," he said. "Spice is Spice and the organisers know the type of performance and the songs that she does. Spice don't tone-down, Spice music is not a tone-down thing, so if them never want that they shouldn't have asked her to perform; and they need to apologise to her for what she is now going through as a result of their mistake."
He said giving other entertainers the opportunity to perform at events such as last Saturday's gala is all well and good, but if their performance and what they bring to the table at the end of the day is frowned upon, then organisers should stick to the entertainers they usually book for such events. "I understand that they may have wanted to give someone other than the Christopher Martins, the Romain Virgos or the Tessannne Chins the opportunity to perform, but if you are going to skin up your face when you see what these other artistes, have to offer in their true element, then better you just keep booking your usual people," he said. "They owe Spice an apology and I support her 100 per cent for coming out and defending herself in this whole situation."
Other entertainers, including popular producer Markus Myrie and recording artiste Tanya Stephens, shared similar sentiments. Stephens and Myrie used social media to express their grouse with organisers, insisting that Spice did nothing wrong.
"Jamaican people have a way of making non-issues into news," Stephens posted on her Facebook page following the fallout from the infamous performance. "Let me ask oonu dis: when oonu book smaddy fi perform pon oonu events, a who fa song oonu expect dem fi sing?"
Clearly upset about the whole situation, Stephens highlighted what she describes as hypocrisy in the dancehall by comparing the bashing Spice has received for being true to her dancehall culture and the award given to Shabba Ranks at the National Honours and Awards ceremony on Monday for his contributions to the same genre. "Hypocrisy: chastising Spice for being 'lewd' in the same time you're giving Shabba honours," she wrote in a follow-up post.
Meanwhile, Myrie said: "I think the organisers are to be blamed for the unfortunate outcome of what should have been a great performance, and they, indeed, owe her an apology. If they were going for a desired taste, they should have been more cautious when choosing Spice".